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The Opportunists (2000)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  11 August 2000 (USA)
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A struggling auto mechanic with a criminal past agrees to one last heist to pay off his debts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael 'Mikey' Lawler, aka Michael Kelly (as Peter Mcdonald)
Anne Pitoniak ...
Aunt Diedre 'Dee'
Rest Home Sister
Rest Home Priest
Pat Duffy
Sally Mahon
Paul D'Amato ...
Arnon Morris
Ismail Espinoza
Jesus Del Toro (as Jose Zuniga)
Branden Vega ...
Tony Del Toro


Vic is a struggling auto mechanic with a safe-cracking past and a lot of debt. His girlfriend runs a bar and offers to loan him the money she's saved for remodeling, but Vic is reluctant to take it. When a long-lost cousin from Ireland shows up on his doorstep, the two team up for one last heist. Written by Anonymous

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debt | heist | auto mechanic | bar | baseball | See more »


When crime is all you know, you've got to take what you can. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$46,967 (USA) (11 August 2000)


$581,142 (USA) (3 November 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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When they are renovating the bar, the painter in the background is moving the paint roller up and down the wall, but no paint is transferring onto the wall. See more »

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Thanks to Ma Connell and the clan. Special thanks to Adele, Bobby and the rest of the gang at Buffa's. See more »


One More River To Cross
Written by Freddie Scott (as F. Scott) and Scott Turner (as S. Turner)
Performed by The Del Vikings
Published by Atlantic Music Corporation (BMI)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Walken--The Greatest Actor In The Universe!!
28 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ah, the joys of watching Walken -I could watch him read the phonebook and be captivated (hey he should do that sometime) This film is an excellent one. It has a very nice low-key mood. It takes place in Queens (where I live and breathe) It has a great safe-cracking heist plot as well as enjoyable scenes of Walken practicing his craft. see this movie when you are feeling well i don't know if i should say down but when you feel that you're miserable i guess this is a fine film to watch--not that its depressing but I mean thelow-key approach works perfectly and the score fits in perfectly with the movie. which i for one enjoyed here more and really only noticed during the end-credits and it has actuall characters as opposed to cardboard cutouts that the actors take and make nbeautiful music with. . The real joy in watching this movie is in the performances and in them the way the story unfolds. It is so great to see walken acting in a calm role that is much more of a person then the usuall role he takes the scene-stealing villian (which I must admit I am a huge fan of) but walken is so much more than that as witnessed in great films like this, and(I'm not comparing films here) natrually his oscar wining role in "The Deer Hunter" I"ve seen him on stage in Joyce's "The Dead" and a play which he wrote himself some years ago called "Him" Ah that was a great play seriously best damn play! Ok, so you know I think the world of Walken and that any and every movie could benefit form giving him a bit part in it but I don't mean to take away from the rest of the cast here and this film is excellently acted all around I mean this is truly a character film and this movie simply could not work if they didn't have a good cast First of all- Who knew Cyndi Lauper could act?? I mean I liked the three or four epiosdes she did on "Mad about You" but she wasn't holding her own with walken there. While she's not in that many scenes she's surprisingly good and therefore hope to see her in something else that's good Donal Louge who's everywhere now (thoughts I once had about Walken) continues to build up his resume quite impressively

and of course Peter McDonald as the instigator of the whole film He has a reletively thick irish accent but if you listen carefully its not hard at all to get what he's saying and Jose Zuniga and Vera Farmiga and oh hey Tom Noonan who makes a brief return from career obscurity (or is it oblivion at this stage) to play that wacky supplier of safe-bustin materials His career should be resurrected if only briefly Ok well the characters are great and its the actors who bring the characters to life so they deserved acolades for that but the biggest accolade has to be for writer director O'Connell who made a heist film that's really a character film and how many films can we say that about.I honestly will keep an eyeout for his next film. (I hope that Abel Ferrar is taking notes after The New Rose Hotel although The king of NY is awesome and The Funeral is terrific too but still I'm digressing again) Its low key charm was nothing short of brillant and its running time well who needs running time was without a doubt just right. While not like a fast movie the movie moves pretty swiftly as it reaches its ending without any real lull in the procedings Ok while the movie isnt perfect (i did find myself wishing that walken would just get to deliver a line in signature style which he does very quickly (you know the whole theatric gestural thing that i love)and he does have some good lines that he gets to deliver deadpan while remainning perfectly in character. ("i'm beginning to think there's something wrong with you." is just such an example) )

So in Summary as you can tell I am a huge Christopher Walken fan and even with some of the dreck he's been in--he's always entertaining and this film I can say with the utmost confidence is not dreck and if you're in the right mood-- really enjoyable. So Thank You Mr. O' Connell for writing a good script for the greatest actor in the universe!!!!

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